A Wake County judge has barred an international shipping company from doing business in North Carolina after 118 consumers complained they had been defrauded and their packages were never delivered.
Superior Court Judge Howard E. Manning Jr. ruled Tuesday that Medrano Express and its two principals can’t accept money from North Carolina residents and ordered the principals not to destroy records or documents.
The Hampstead, N.Y., company’s principals, Jorge Medrano and Telma Ayala, also did business as Transporte Mediano and Diamond Shipping. The company had offices in 20 states, including an office at 4646 Capital Boulevard in Raleigh and another at 6407 South Boulevard in Charlotte.
The court ruling came after the N.C. Attorney General’s office filed suit against the company seeking a permanent ban on doing business in the state. The AG’s legal request for a permanent ban is awaiting resolution before the court.
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Judge Manning ruled that good cause exists to issue a preliminary injunction to suspend the company’s operations. The company accepted prepayments without delivering packages and failed to reimburse customers, the judge ruled.
Manning has barred the company and its officers from advertising or soliciting business in the state, and from destroying or transferring financial records.
He has also ordered them to turn over documentation and financial records within seven days, including the names of all North Carolina customers from Jan. 1, 2011.
Affected consumers can contact the AG’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM (toll free within North Carolina) or 919-716-0058 (en español).